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New IHG Rewards Club Advisors Survey Indicates Upcoming Changes To InterContinental Ambassador Program Next Year

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Currently, IHG runs two parallel programs for InterContinental hotels and IHG group’s entire properties. InterContinental Ambassador Program benefits only apply when you are staying at InterContinental hotels.

InterContinental Bora Bora, Picture from IHG.com

For now, InterContinental Ambassador cost 200 USD or 40,000 IHG Rewards Points and gives you the following benefits:

  • Complimentary Weekend Night Certificate

  • Guaranteed One Category Room Upgrade

  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out

  • Welcome Amenities (Gifts, Refreshments and Water)

The benefits provided by Ambassador program at many aspects overlap with IHG Rewards Club’s own. From Room Upgrade to Early Check-in etc. In many ways, real values of the Ambassador Program is rather limited in comparison to what top tiers get at other hotel chains. Despite which of the two or even both of the programs you become a part of. Free breakfast and club lounge access are still never guaranteed. This has to be one of the biggest turn-off for many business travellers.

Current InterContinental Ambassador Welcome Kit

Free Breakfast and club lounge access is something gold tier members easily get at other chains like Hilton and Marriott. I have to say that things aren’t exactly are turning for the better, instead, a recent survey revealed some positive changes could be happening to the InterContinental Ambassador program next year.

The survey was sent to IHG Rewards Club Advisors members, that was a program ran by IHG years ago where they sent out invitations to certain members to join. Members who choose to join can complete surveys for IHG rewards points.

For this particular survey, Advisors can receive 5000 IHG rewards points for completing it. Here’s some newly proposed benefits that could be added to next year’s InterContinental Ambassadors Program:

  • One complimentary buffet breakfast per night

  • Guaranteed one category upgrade

  • 4pm late checkout

  • $20 Food & Beverages/mini bar credit

  • Annual complimentary night certificate (valid on second night of paid stay)

  • Platinum status

  • Complimentary high speed internet

  • Complimentary mineral water per day

Additional when achieve membership milestones

  • Annual pass to Club Lounge

  • Annual suite upgrade on paid stay

Advisors Survey Info on InterContinental Ambassador Program

In addition to this potential benefits, the cost for joining and renewing Ambassador membership has also raised from 200 USD to 250 USD.


Points To Reflect Upon

Royal Ambassador Benefits?

If this is what Platinum/Spire Ambassadors get, what could be happening to Royal Ambassadors?

Weekend Night Free Certificate Being Replaced?

In the new survey, they’ve not mention anything regarding the already existing free weekend night certificate. I suppose it’s being replaced with a simple second night free certificate as a “improvement”, or could they both co-exist?

Platinum Status Is Included In Ambassador Program?

If it become so easy to get Platinum Status, along with such benefits as free breakfast, then not many people are going to push for anything above, though nothing is guaranteed now, so one way or another, a huge improvement.

Mini-Bar Credit To Replace Welcome Gift?

The food & beverages / mini-bar credits would in many ways be of more value to the unspecified welcome gifts, as normally we would get some pieces of chocolates and cookies in a plate, being able to order at a restaurant for 20 USD surely is a lot better than chewing on dry cookies.


So far, this is only a survey that’s being leaked among frequent flyers forums, so nothing would be set in stone.

I am happy to see how many of those benefits could really be added when they choose to “improve” the current program. For many people, the most useful perks would be free breakfast and lounge access. But seeing the way they are researching and developing on this, I doubt they are going to introduce all of the aforementioned benefits altogether more likely, they would just “improve” upon current ones.

InterContinental Hong Kong Picture From IHG

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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The 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel In The World Settled In Nanjing, China

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Drop Off Area Ritz Nanjing
Recently, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, part of the Marriott International Group, announced that the 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the world will officially enter Nanjing on June 28, 2020 to welcome guests.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing is located at the new business district’s street junction in the central area of the city, next to Deji Plaza, seamlessly connected to the subway line through Deji Plaza shopping mall, and convenient to reach all major attractions in the city. With superior transportation location, convenient shopping and entertainment facilities and legendary services of gentlemen and ladies, the hotel reshapes historical classics from a new perspective, injects vitality into the ancient city and inspires new enthusiasm.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room

Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China with a long history of more than 2500 years. It is recognized by UNESCO as the “World Literary Capital” and one of the important commercial centers in East China. Numerous world famous enterprises, profound cultural heritage, world-renowned literary works and world cultural heritage such as Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum and Zhongshan Mausoleum in famous scenic spots attract business and leisure travelers from all over the world.


The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing is located on the 38th to 62nd floors of the office building of Deji Plaza, the hotel has 295 elegant rooms, including 32 suites with kitchen and dining room. This will be a Marriott Bonvoy category four property which would be ideal to redeem points for a luxurious stay experience.

The hotel has 32 suites which starts at 130 sqm all equipped with separate bedroom and living room. Ritz Nanjing’s 11 Executive Suite and 19 Club Executive Suite are all 130 sqm of size, while the only two signature suite of the Carlton Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite are of 245 sqm and 300 sqm respectively.

Unlike many other Marriott Group brands, the club lounge access can solely be purchased with cash, which makes the five meals daily executive lounge at Ritz Carlton hotels something exclusively irrespective of status. Although, hotels in Asia generally are more willing to offer upgrades and even in rare instances, granting free club lounge access to elite members.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge

The base room category starts from a massive 50 sqm, while the highest category signature suite of Ritz Nanjing- the Ritz-Carlton Suite, sitting on top of the 60th floor with 300 sqm with its very own spa room and separate study,
dining area with a kitchen and full wine cellar.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room

The bathroom of the guest room is open and bright, and the panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass windows sit on the fascinating city skyline and mountain lake view.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom

The interior design cleverly combines Eastern aesthetics and Western classic styles, and integrates the “five elements” of gold, wood, water, fire, and soil in traditional Chinese culture. It is expressed through different building materials, decorations, and artworks, making guests feel like they are gorgeous. Carefully selected master works of art, an elegant atmosphere, and the well-known legendary service of Ritz create a leisurely living space above the bustling city.

Executive chef Mr. Sven Heinrich Wunram has worked in many Ritz-Carlton hotels and Michelin restaurants in Europe, America and Asia. Chinese restaurant executive chef Zeng Weiqiao from Hong Kong also has extensive experience in Michelin restaurants. An experienced chef will lead an acclaimed elite culinary team to perform a memorable Chinese and Western feast for gluttons from all over the world. Guests can enjoy the high-altitude views while enjoying the special cuisine in the five unique restaurants of the hotel: Xinyi(馨逸) all-day dining restaurant full of southern French style, tribute to the classic Cantonese cuisine, Diyuexuan(帝粤轩), which is based on Huaiyang cuisine. Ning Restaurant(品宁府) with its finest Nanjing cuisine, Lobby Lounge overlooking the stunning city view and FLAIR top restaurant and bar.


The hotel also has banquet and conference venues with a total area of ​​more than 2200 square meters. The elegant and flexible event venue is equipped with gentle and professional services of gentlemen and ladies. It is an ideal place to hold corporate events, intimate parties and romantic weddings.


The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 8 treatment rooms, providing a variety of novel facial treatments and wellness programs such as Lotus Yujing skin rejuvenation treatment and Yuhua hot stone active treatment, so that guests can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the same time, guests can regain their vitality in the advanced gym, yoga room and indoor heated swimming pool.


Every day at sunset, the lighting ceremony held in the lobby lounge allows guests to fully experience the elegant and authentic traditional culture of Nanjing. The lotus lantern symbolises the Qinhuai River, the mother river in Nanjing, and the inspiration for many immortal masterpieces written by ancient scholars and scholars in ancient times. The music rang and the lights dimmed. The lady in elegant cheongsam held the lotus lamp and walked through the lobby. Afterwards, the gentlemen and ladies of the hotel presented Nanjing specialty snacks and Yuhua Tea to interpret this ancient civilisation with diverse perspectives from a new perspective.

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Marriott Temporarily Closed 1825 Hotels Worldwide, 70 In China Reopened

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Yogyakarta Marriott Exterior
Marriott International announced its first quarter results on the evening of April 14, The key performance indicator, Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR), is expected to decline by 23% globally. Marriott now initially plans to close 25% of the world’s hotels (about 1825 hotels), including 870 in North America and 500 in Europe. In addition, more than 70 hotels in China have reopened.
Marriott International
Marriott International

According to the report, in March, Marriott Global Hotel’s RevPAR(revenue per available room) is expected to fall by 60%. Over the same period, North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe fell by 57%, 74%, and 71% respectively; the Caribbean and Latin America fell by 57%; the Middle East and Africa also fell by 56%.

The company anticipates further hotel closures and erosion in RevPAR performance and does not expect to see a material improvement until there is a view that the spread of COVID-19 has moderated and governments have lifted restrictions. Marriott cannot presently estimate the financial impact of this unprecedented situation, which is highly dependent on the severity and duration of the pandemic, but expects that it will continue to be material to the company’s results.


A Marriott spokesman said in the announcement: “Because of the uncertainty of the severity and duration of the coronavirus epidemic, Marriott is currently unable to estimate the specific impact of the current situation on the Group’s finances. Although China has begun an initial recovery, the rest of the world has not yet sthbilized and it is expected that there will not be a substantial improvement in the next performance. “


Before the crisis subsides and travel restrictions are lifted, Marriott’s preliminary plan would be to temporarily close about 25% of Marriott’s more than 7,300 hotels worldwide. According to statistics, the current hotel occupancy rate in North America is only 10%, and 870 hotels in the region will be temporarily closed; the occupancy rate in Europe is also less than 10%, and about 500 hotels are temporarily closed.

It is worth noting that in the first week of April, the occupancy rate of the Marriott Hotel in Greater China rose to about 20%. According to STR data, the hotel occupancy rate in mainland China once hit a new low of 7% in early February. More than 90 Marriott hotels that were temporarily closed in China in the past have now reopened more than 70 hotels.

Shanghai Marriott Pudong Exterior
Shanghai Marriott Pudong Exterior

In the current major economies of the world, the Chinese hotel industry is expected to be the least affected by the pandemic. International hotel groups will pay more attention to the Chinese market in the future. Therefore, industry insiders believe that the corporate values of hotel management companies will not be changed by this, and the number of hotel contracted post-2020 pandemic period will remain stable and hotel investments will be more rational.

At present, the spread of the global pandemic continues to affect the performance of the world’s largest hotel company, and the Marriott Group is still waiting for stability in other parts of the world.

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